Do you feel adrift in the sea of new technologies? Join us for talks on robotics and household items that connect to the Internet in Emerging Technology 101, The Seattle Public Library's program series at the Central Library. You'll learn what these new technologies are, why they're important, and how they're applied in real life.


Internet of Things - 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 24 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 4, Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room 1, 206-386-4636. Peek inside your fridge while shopping at a store. Control the thermostat from an app. Log a workout from your watch. The Internet of Things is here.

Learn about this technology from Aadithya (Aadu) Prakash, a consumer electronics firmware engineer at Synapse Product Development. Prakash is currently pursuing his Masters in Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington and spends his time outside of work long-distance running, birdwatching, reading, and developing products and systems that drive change in the areas of social justice and climate crisis.

Robotics6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 4, Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room 1, 206-386-4636. As computing power increases, artificial intelligence becomes smarter and the Internet has become available anywhere and everywhere, how is the field of robots taking advantage to this new environment?

Join Alan Meekins for a discussion about what’s emerging in the realm of robotics. Meekins has been building Internet-connected robots since 2002. Over that time he's become an active advocate of the open source Robotics Operating System (ROS). Currently Meekins leads a startup, ROSHub Inc, focused on bringing cloud based devops tools to the ROS eco-system. When he's not building startups he enjoys making interactive art installations.

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Library events are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library's garage for $7 after 5 p.m.

This program series is made possible by support from UW CoMotion Labs, and is presented in partnership with the City of Seattle's Community Technology Advisory Board.

The Library brings people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community. We support universal access to information and ideas, and form strong partnerships with community organizations to offer presentations and workshops that are accessible to all.